Beat The Chef: All about Channel 4's new cookery game show

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Beat the Chef starts this week on Channel 4 - but what's it all about?

The new series starts this evening, Monday May 27 at 5:30PM and continues weeknights.


Presented by Andi Oliver, Beat the Chef sees amateur cooks go head to head against a professional chef in fast-paced cook offs to win a £10,000 cash prize.

The four house chefs to beat are Michelin starred Mark Sargeant, Celebrity chef Clodagh Mckenna, award winning chef James Tanner and Roux Scholar Frederick Forster.

In each round a food jury blind taste the home cook's and the professional's dishes and vote on which they prefer. The more votes the amateur gets, the more money they win, but no votes and they go home empty-handed.

It’s a gastronomic gamble - if they cook well, they’ll climb up the money ladder, but lose, and they walk away with nothing.

Channel 4 say the brand-new format promises to "unite game show and cookery competition in a unique and compelling way."

In the very first episode, WI President Rachel faces off against Mark Sargeant.


They both cook Rachel's nominated duck dish with a creamy sloe gin sauce and potato rosti but with competitive Mark pulling out all the stops in his version of the same dish, can preserve queen Rachel get the one vote she needs from the Food Jury to win some cash, and get through to the next round?

Beat The Chef airs 5:30PM weekdays on Channel 4 from Monday, May 27.

You can watch and catch up on episodes online via the All4 player.

The series is produced by Twofour and Motion Content Group.

Dan Adamson, Director of Programmes, Twofour Group, said: “We’re really excited that this format marries the jeopardy of a cooking competition with the drama of a money ladder game show.

"Beat the Chef will pit passionate home cooks against professional chefs in an exciting head to head with big money on the line.”


Melanie Darlaston, Executive Producer for Motion Content Group said: “It’s great to be working with Twofour and Channel 4 on this new format. Will the amateur chef be up to the challenge of taking on the big boys and girls of the culinary world?

"With money at stake and reputations on the line, it’s going to be a compelling watch!”

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